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The 9 Best Bars in Singapore, Asia’s Cocktail Capital

See why it's become an ultimate destination for cocktail lovers.

Jigger and Pony

For over a century, Singapore’s cocktail culture has been synonymous with the Singapore Sling. Originally crafted inside the famous Raffles Hotel as a boozy fruit punch for women to hide their alcohol consumption, it’s become the national drink. While still beloved, the city’s bar scene has shot up alongside its skyscrapers, developing a wholly unique culture—one that’s made it the cocktail capital of Asia. 

Vivian Pei, senior academy chair, the World’s 50 Best Bars: Asia and co-founder of Pei Sisters Projects, believes its cocktail climb is due to a few things. “The magical combination of timing, location, a well-traveled population with good disposable income and a thirst for all things new and delicious,” Pei says. “There is also a huge pool of talent here, both foreign and local, which have combined to make one of the strongest bartender communities I have ever seen.”

As a result, Singapore’s 11 cocktail bars on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in 2022 was more than any other Asian city. And on October 17, Singapore will host The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023. From the ultra-glam Atlas to the hyper-local Jigger & Pony, here are nine of Singapore’s best cocktail bars.

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